Orneryboy has been doing some really slick things with animation lately. Mixing animation and comics, much like mixing website navigation and Flash interfaces, is one of those things that almost always results in disaster... but as usual, Michael has exercised restraint and come up with something seemless that really complements what he is doing. It certainly outclasses those creepy blinking people in the online version of For Better or For Worse.
Man, those blinking people give me the creeps.
Fading into obscurity
I've gotten a few emails lately from folks who claim they've actually been enjoying the music recommendations I've been tossing about recently. So, what the heck... here is another one.
Sloan is a Canadian band that, in various phases, has leaned towards many of the "classic" rock sounds that fall anywhere between the Beatles and ACDC. Each member of the band writes and sings their own songs, which makes for some pretty ecclectic and interesting material. They've been around for over a decade, and have managed to put out quite a few good albums. But as a Sloan fan I feel like I am still waiting for them to put out that one truly incredible "defining" album that I know they've got in them somewhere.
Well, a new Sloan album is dropping on the 19th of September -- a beast of a disc with thirty (thirty!) full length songs. So, I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that this is "the one." Double-length albums can be risky and often filler-heavy affairs, but with four talented (and generally consistent) composers in the band I'm expecting this won't be a problem.
You can hear two of the new songs on the band's MySpace page. The surprisingly complex "Fading Into Obscurity" in particular has got me feeling pretty optimistic. I think it might be one of the best songs Chris has ever written!
So, the other day I decided I would finally give Shadow the Hedgehog a try. Sure, I knew the game took one of my favourite franchises and pointlessly injected gunplay into the mix. But hey, how bad could it be, right? Maybe the guns would not feel as invasive as I had feared.
After placing the disc in my Gamecube and powering up, I was greeted by message in a blue, innocent looking window. The message asked if I would like to create a save file on my memory card. Easy going fellow that I am, I gave the game my permission.
In Shadow, the mere act of selecting OK is accompanied by the sound of a gunshot. You don't just approve your menu selections, oh no... you pop a cap in them.
That pretty much sums up my experience with the game.